Character Education & PSHE

Character Education & PSHE at St Peters sets learning within real-life contexts that affect our children, their parents and teachers. This is reflected in all areas of the curriculum and is set within a healthy, citizenship-rich, extended and sustainable school.
All members of the St Peters community model the behaviours and values that enrich and  reinforce those taught through a cross-curricular approach.
A deeply embedded Character Education & PSHE education enables children to make informed decisions and take opportunities that will help them to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, and develop a strong sense of citizenship within the community both now and in the future.


We follow the Jigsaw 3-11 scheme which offers engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Mindfulness is taught to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

The Jigsaw approach consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles). Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.

Being Me In My World: covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.

Celebrating Difference: This unit focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this Puzzle.

Dreams and Goals: This aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for their community and the world.

Healthy Me: covers two main areas of health: Emotional/mental health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid). Most of the statutory content for Health Education (DfE) is contained within this Puzzle.

Relationships: starts with building a respectful relationship with self and covers topics including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking. Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes. .

Changing Me: deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, puberty, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school and how to cope positively with such changes. Life cycles and human reproduction are taught in some year groups at the school’s discretion.

Jigsaw Information Leaflet for parents and carers

RSE at St Peters

RHSE – a guide for parents and carers leaflet

In the first half of the Summer Term we will be teaching the Relationships Topic. Relationships Education is statutory (DfE Guidance 2019) and parents cannot withdraw their children from it.

We develop positive relationships throughout the school year and through each Jigsaw Puzzle, but there is a more specific focus on this in this Unit of Work, with children learning about different relationships we have with our friends, family and communities (including staying safe online), and how these relationships change as we grow.

Jigsaw skills and knowledge progression

In the second half of the Summer Term we will be teaching the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle. This helps children learn to cope positively with all sorts of change. In Key Stage 2 they will learn about puberty in this Puzzle.  In Key Stage 1 we introduce scientific terminology for body parts, including genitalia, partly for safeguarding reasons and partly to lay the foundations for learning about puberty later.

Jigsaw RHSE ‘Changing Me’ skills and knowledge progression

Health, Relationship and Sex Education

Health and Relationship Education is statutory in all primary schools, and it is recommended that all primary schools have a Sex Education programme that is tailored to the age of the pupils.

The Health and Relationship curriculum content is woven throughout the entire programme of Jigsaw, with a specific focus within the ‘Healthy Me’ and ‘Relationships’ Puzzles.

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, the focus is on life cycles, valuing our own bodies and learning some vocabulary for the external body parts, that we might use if we needed to talk to an adult such as a nurse or a doctor

In Key Stage 2,there is a particular focus on the Health Education element of puberty  (including menstruation) and the changes that happen inside and outside the body. This is taught in a way that helps pupils feel prepared for the main changes that happen before puberty starts, and to encourage them to talk to an adult at home or at school if they have any questions.

Sex Education is part of our PSHE/RSE curriculum and we teach it through the Jigsaw ‘Changing Me’ topic. Please note that animal reproduction is a statutory element of the Science curriculum and at St Peters, we deliver this including human reproduction.

At St Peters Primary school and Nursery we encourage you to discuss any of the content with your child’s teacher. We can also provide you with a Parental access code to be able to view material your child will be learning.


Content Overview

Progression map

Character Education Curriculum Offer

Character Education Progression Document

Character Education Policy Autumn 2023

RSE Policy November 2022